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simpsonc510 May 11th, 2009 03:35 PM

Put Kinnaree (Sukhumvit soi 8) on your list. It's also in a house. Very nice place!! Very close to Nana skytrain station. Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit it quite close as well. Well within walking distance.

Craig May 11th, 2009 03:37 PM

Yes, Kinnaree is great...

Kathie May 11th, 2009 03:59 PM

eks, I love the Towers at the ROS (I've never stayed in a regular room which I understand are nothing special except for the view). We get a Towers suite, and they are lovely, plus I like the breakfast, cocktails and canapes each eve etc, included in the room price. I love the location, as I mostly take public transport in Bangkok, and it's next to a water taxi stop and a short shuttle boat ride to the skytrain. I also like that it's walking distance from a number of good restaurants. However, not everyone feels this way. As I remember, Kristina found it inconvenient to the skytrain, so it depends on you. I also love Chote Chitr. A number of people have commented on having problems wiht teh owner, but we have not. We've ordered things from the NYT review (our first time) and we ordered some repeats the second time and some not. The owner did encourage certain dishes, but I did not have a problem with that. Apparently she was more insistent with Kristina.

We tried to go to the restaurant Kristina is recommending last trip, but we had one mishap after another and finally ate elsewhere. It's still on our list to try as is Kinnaree.

Hanuman May 11th, 2009 07:25 PM


I meant the pool at the Sukhothai but that happens usually around late afternoon only. Between the 3 hotels you have on your final list I would go with the Sukhothai. A good Thai restaurant within easy walking distance is the Secret Garden restaurant.

rhkkmk May 11th, 2009 07:29 PM

put coconut palm restaurant on your list....go just before noon to avoid the crowd....its next to wat pho...tong took us there and we had fabulous food... it closes at 7 i think

rhkkmk May 11th, 2009 07:30 PM

we did not like CC at all....either the food or the pressure or the rude owner...i would not return...

ekscrunchy May 12th, 2009 03:36 AM

Hanuman: Are these fellow swimmers doing laps that clog up the pool? Or children? I am assuming that this is the after-work crowd, right?
That Sukhothai looks so lovely!

Can you offer some comments about the location of the new Meridien hotel? And since you are my man on the scene, where would you stay given my "requirements?" (Please do not disclose the location of the safe houses; those are NOT an option!!!)

The owner of CC was VERY rude to me--screaming at the top of her lungs about not using the sink in the bathroom (HUH??) But the food was just so fabulous! I would not mind eating the same meal again. But it is such a pain to reach. Do taxi drivers even know how to find it?

The other one on my list in that area is Ran Jay Fai..also in the RWApple article; they open after lunch. I am determined to try that as well but the thought of taking a taxi through all that traffic is kind of daunting.

Kristina: I will definitely put Baan Kanitha on my list. I had it on my list last time, but I did not get out to explore nearly as much as I would have liked. I did think the location of the Peninsula was a drawback due to the lack of places within an easy walk. Now for all we know, there are great places to eat out on the main street...or somewhere in the area. There is a grouping of covered food stalls not too far away, towards the bridge, but I did not try these.

When I was really tired, I just could not get up the energy for the boat-skytrain combo. I know that sounds ridiculous now...

Bob: I will also put Coconut Palm on the list...many thanks. Taxi is the way to get to CP and CC, right?

Kathie: I know you really like that hotel; it is like your second home!

A big thank you to everyone here for supporting me during my obsessive phases, which seem to pop up when I have to choose hotels (and to a lesser degree, eating places).

Yours truly, ekscrunchy
CEO of the corporation

ekscrunchy May 12th, 2009 03:41 AM

I forgot, I will put Kinnaree on the list, too! Thank you Carol! That Sheraton Grande gets great reviews but the pool looks like one of those lagoon shapes that are not great for swimming laps.

Hanuman May 12th, 2009 06:39 AM


No they were not doing laps but more of an after exercise or after squash kind of relaxation swim. Mostly well groom young muscular men which you might like!

I don't feel qualify to give opinion on the new Le Meridian as I have not been to the hotel yet. However the location is on Surawong road in quite a busy section of town. Personally I would opt for somewhere more quiet and less "busy" like the Sukhothai.

If it was me and I want a hotel with a nice pool, within walking distance to shops and restaurants I would go for the Four Seasons -

The Sukhothai, Nai Lert and the other hotels are nice as well and I don't think you can go wrong with any of the hotels mentioned so far.

If you come back in a few years time I would recommend the then brand new Siam Kempinski Hotel. The boys at the Royal Crown Property did a great job and it will be the flagship of all the Kempinski around the world, also own by the Royal Crown Property as well.

rhkkmk May 12th, 2009 06:46 AM

eks--maybe you could work out a deal with hanuman whereby you could do laps in his drawback the ride to his house takes about 30-40 minutes...haha

i think a taxi is the only way to get there...

for baan khanitha you want to go to the one on soi 23, sukhumvit...there is also a newer one on sathorn, but it is just in a building, not a house.

Hanuman May 12th, 2009 07:03 AM

My humble pool is too small and it's leaking!

ekscrunchy May 12th, 2009 07:28 AM

Bob: He has to say that about his pool. Can you imagine the shock if he opened the door and found his handler there, all decked out with goggles and hand paddles?

Hanuman: Good work. Keep the location secret, as discussed in the training manual.

The Four Seasons looks great--rack rate with breakfast is 7600 for least expensive room. The pool appears to be in shade for much of the day but that is probably good for me as long as the water is warm enough!

So we now have Four Seasons and Sukhothai at the top of the list. I will see what kind of prices I can get with travel agent; please give tips for getting best prices since corporate rate offer my not be forthcoming.

Thanks so much!

simpsonc510 May 12th, 2009 07:28 AM

There are two Kinnaree restaurants in close proximity to one another. The one you want is the HOUSE on soi 8... the other one is on soi 11, and it is in a hotel... more like just a coffee shop.

Four Seasons is a great idea! Great location, as far as getting out and walking around, and finding great restaurant options.

I was thinking of the Millenium Grand on Asok, but I don't see a lap pool pictured or advertised at that place.


ekscrunchy May 12th, 2009 07:29 AM

ps. Can I get some kind of deal if I book both Bangkok and Hong Kong Four Seasons on the same trip--for at least 3 nights in each one?

Kathie May 12th, 2009 07:35 AM

Eks, no one I know of has had a taxi driver who could find CC. But any driver can find the nearby wat, Wat Suthat (by the giant swing). And CC is a mere 10 (max) walk from there. I've published my detailed walking instructions several times here. I always enjoy that wat, so we visit the wat then walk to CC and garb a taxi on the way back.

I visited the Sukothai briefly. It seemed very businessman-oriented to me. But the grounds were beautiful and it felt very exotic with the uniformed doormen. The Four Seasons is nice, though I don't like to stay in that part of town. Guenmai considered it her home away from home before she moved to Emporium.

Hanuman May 12th, 2009 07:51 AM



Hanuman May 12th, 2009 07:55 AM

and the secret sat map. I redirected the eks109 to do a flyover.

ekscrunchy May 13th, 2009 12:04 PM

Good work, Agent Hanuman. We are pleased to tell you that the position in Dili has been filled so you can rest easy for the time being.

This does NOT mean, however, that you can cut out at 2pm and head over to the Sukhothai swimming pool. Or lollygag around the pool, leaky as it may be (I will have my secretary look up "leaky pool" in the code book--the actual meaning has slipped my mind, but I assure you this is but a momentary lapse) on your own estate.

Remain alert and ready to receive next assignment.

ekscrunchy Jul 24th, 2009 02:50 PM

topping for a devoted poster

rhkkmk Jul 24th, 2009 09:18 PM

the sheraton is one of the oldest of the 4 star hotels in bkk...

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